Well, My Goodness That’s Long

I went to Shea “I’m a dump and please just close me now so the dopeness of CitiField can be enjoyed” Stadium last night for my first game there this season. It seemed like a perfect night, $5 tickets, the chance to see the apparently hapless Mets and the certainly woeful Washington Nationals, what more could I want? Well, the Nationals held the Mets down completely and handily–turns out having Brady Clark, Raul Casanova, Luis Castillo and then the pitcher is not a good lineup. Who would have thought it? Clearly not Willy Randolph who handled this game super poorly from the get-go. Anyhoo, managing only one run for most of the game and getting struck out 11 times by John “Can you imagine that the Mets are this pathetic right now” Lannan, it seemed very likely the Mets would lose. The single most exciting part of the game came when a giant tabby cat ran out of nowhere onto the field and towards the Mets dugout. It received a louder cheer than most of the players.

Completely surprising most of the crowd who were already resigned to a loss, Carlos Delgado came through in the clutch and drove in the tying run. The game ended up going 14 boring innings. Scrub pitcher after scrub pitcher got into the game, there was even a Ray “I ate 19 slices of pie before the game” King sighting! Not a very interesting game. The Mets had multiple opportunities to win the game but squandered them. Raul Casanova alone ruined most of the rally chances, and when he didn’t totally shut the door, Luis Castillo did. That 4 year 24 million dollar contract must have weighed down Castillo’s bat because it is pitiable slow, that’s what we call a shrewd investment, don’t worry, he’s only in the first year of that contract!

Regardless, the Mets eventually won in the 14th on a wild pitch. Terrible.

That didn’t end my baseball night though. Upon arriving home I noticed that the Padres-Rockies game was still tied at 0-0 heading towards extra innings. I caught up on this week’s Deadliest Catch (it was ok, but not the best episode or anything) and then looked at that game again, they were heading into the 13th. So, I figured I’d jump along for the ride.

Matt Vasgerian was calling the game for the Padres TV and announced that there was no way the game would go as many innings as 18, and if it did, he’d eat his hat. The 14th comes around and the Rockies managed to get the bases loaded, which is impressive considering they managed 2 extra base hits, then Brad Hawpe (who otherwise went 0-7 with 4 Ks (thanks for killing my fantasy team with that one) walked to score the first run of the game. In the 14th! But then, with their own bases loaded situation, the Padres scrapped together a run. So we headed to the 15, the 16th and then the 17th. As the 18th approached the announcers were clearly going a bit loopy having long ago run out of useful or interesting things to say. After the inning finished, Vasergian was presented a hat on a paper plate to eat and as they went to commercial they showed him trying to cut it with a fork and a knife while his booth partner laughed manically alongside. Also, for some inexplicable reason, they played the Oingo Boingo song “Weird Science,” tres tres bizarre.

At one point before the 19th started, the sprinklers came on but they got them shut off quickly. In the 20th inning they showed a shot of the centerfield cameraman who was passed out asleep with his camera focused in on home plate.

Finally, after 6 hours and 3 7th innings stretches, in the top of the 22nd inning Willy Taveras reached base on a throwing error by Khalil “I’m so white I’m translucent” Greene and a stolen base and another error, this time by Josh “I’ve caught 22 innings so far tonight and dammit I just want to go home” Bard, Taveras was driven in by only the third extra base hit of the night, a Tulowitzki double. The Padres had no chance in the bottom half of the inning.

The game ended for me at 4:21 EDT, in total it went 6 hours and 16 minutes. There were 659 total pitches thrown by 15 different pitchers. Both the starters Jake Peavy and Jeff Francis pitched perfectly, with 8 and 7 innings respectively of 0 run 3 hit ball and a combined 18 strikeouts. All in all, there were 37 strikeouts in the game and 13 walks. None of the batters who walked scored.

I feel especially sorry for the fans who stuck it out until the end, no more beer sales after the 7th and then to play another 15 innings!?! They need to reexamine that rule and make it so if a game goes late they reopen the food and beer stands.

Also, not to go all Tim Kurkjian here, but there were 5 double plays in the game, and the Padres didn’t hit into any until the 21st inning. Then, amazingly they did it again in the 22nd! That’s ridiculous!

Interestingly, the AL has a curfew where no new innings can begin after 1AM and the games have to be called at that point and finished at another date. However, the senior circuit has no such rule and though both teams had planes to catch they were going to play this game until it finished. Fortunately for them, they came just shy of playing three games in one (box score is here).

My MVP of the game goes to Josh Bard (ed. to add) and Yorvit Torrealba who both caught every inning. That’s fucking brutal. And impressive. Well done Josh and Yorvit!

All MVPs of the Slanch Report receive a beautiful gift basket filled with coupons for the Olive Garden, “When you’re here, you’re family. Now pay for your goods and services,” and a complimentary one night stay at my apartment if they ever want to stop by, “Our futon couch will ease your slumber!”

6 Responses to “Well, My Goodness That’s Long”

  1. 1 the roomate
    April 18, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    It must’ve been the bullpen cat-cher, as Willie R. inexpicably would not sub in for the third-stringer, Raul Casanova, who can’t hit, can’t bunt, and went 0-6 with four strikeouts.

    I wonder if the cameramen got overtime or if they are paid per-diem… any pro cameramen out there?

  2. 2 garnold
    April 18, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Slanch, stop re-writing deadspin articles. also, my player of the game was yorvit torrealba, who caught all 22 innings as well, and his team won!!!

  3. 3 Youppi
    April 18, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    “the Mets eventually won in the 14th on a wild pitch. Terrible.”

    actually, it was wonderful. oh wait, I’m a mets fan, and you’re not. How can winning a game in the 14th inning, regardless of how, be ‘terrible’?

    re: players – ramon castro is hurt, and the mets are going into a series with hated new rivals, the phillies, this weekend, so WR wanted to rest schnieder, so we get casanova. It’s one start, he didn’t play well, so be it. beltran hurt his neck, so he was held out of the lineup, and castillo’s knees are barking, so he’s playing poorly. Also, is any pitcher, aside from Micah Owings, a good hitter in the NL?

    point is, you were the one who decided to check out an April Mets/Nats game, and rather than enjoying the fights, cats, DOMINATING mets bullpen performance, pitchers duel, another great outing from Figueroa, you’d rather dump on them. You know what was worse than last night’s mets game? another BORING yankees/red sox bout. Does anyone care anymore?

    Hey, whatevs, it’s your blog.

  4. 4 slanch
    April 18, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    hey, the fights in the crowd were exciting, but to win on a walk-off wild pitch is pathetic

    the mets are supposed to be one of the best teams in the national league. the nats are supposed to be (and are) one of the absolutely worst teams in baseball

    to get 11 strikeouts from John Lannan? cmon

    the fact that they won was remarkable but that the only way they could do so was a wild pitch as opposed to actually hitting and driving in runs is pathetic

    the nats are AWFUL and the mets made them look like contenders and the mets like pretenders

    as for the sox game, you’re the only one bringing that up, have any of my posts related to those games? mentioned them?
    so chill out and relax,

    also, i used to be on willy’s side, but now i agree, he’s a terrible manager
    as for castillo, if his knees are “barking” so bad, why not play damion easley, (who got more hits than castillo did in half the atbats, or anyone else really,

    i refuse to believe that castillo is the best option at 2b

    where’s anderson hernandez? anyone, shit, its not too late to sign robby alomar…

  5. 5 garnold
    April 18, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Actually yes, Slanch. You mentioned the Yanks/Sawks thing in your blog about the bird attacking that girl in Fenway, what was her name, Ms. Jorgelina Posada?

  6. 6 slanch
    April 18, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    i dont mean that i have never mentioned sox/yankees i mean that had nothing to do with anything i was referring to in this post

    as i said to youppi in person, its like arbitrarily being like, “well i think chaucer is boring”

    great, but that has nothing to do with what i was talking about

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